Marcus Lewis update: Fowey River Class dinghies, a St Mawes One-Design and a wooden sailing cruiser for sale

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Fowey River Dinghy 59

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Fowey River 59

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Fowey River 60

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St Mawes One Design Saskia

We’ve also received an update from Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis, who is well known for building Fowey River Class dinghies.

‘Hi Gavin, hope all is well, just thought I would drop you a line with some pics to show what has been going on lately.

‘The two Fowey River Class dinghies are coming on. No. 59 has been timbered out with steamed green oak ribs and the seats and gunnwales are in, and we will soon be fitting the centreplate case. No. 60 is soon to have her mahogany sheer strake fitted (the rest of her planking is spruce), and then she will be timbered out.

‘Also arrived last week was a St Mawes One Design for a few small repairs after being damaged on her moorings in the gales. (See for more information.)

‘There are always one or two of these lovely little boats for sale. They were designed in 1923 and are raced mostly on the River Fal, in and around Falmouth and, obviously, at St Mawes!

‘I’ve also attached an advert [see below Ed]. This is an opportunity for someone to pick up a classic boat for very little – a Kings Cruiser. A friend of mine has owned this boat for quite a few years, and initially did a considerable amount of work, used her for a few years, but then laid her up, and now has to get rid of her. She probably needs quite of bit of work again now, but is worth an offer!



Marcus can be reached at tel 07973 420568 and email

Kings Cruiser for sale

Oyster fishing under sail at Falmouth

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Oyster fishing on the Fal film

This is a super short film about the sail powered Falmouth oyster fishery is by David Young of POD Films. My thanks to Jim Godfrey for pointing the way.

Take a moment to look at their other stuff while you’re there – there’s a particularly charming one about Flora Day at Helston, with its extraordinary dancing celebration to mark the end of winter, and the Hal-an-Tow ritual.

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An appeal for information: does anyone know the story of Shed 55 please?

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Richard Chamberlain has written to ask for information about a Falmouth boatbuilder that seems to be called Shed 55, which used to be locaed at the docks in the town. This is what he has written:

‘I have purchased a 1970 cruiser originally called Windana and that was owned at that time by Derek Bell, a builder of Camborne and then Feock, Truro. In 1987 she belonged to Ray Law of Northwich, Cheshire and was renamed Emaray, and again changed hands around 1995 to Peter Sheene of Letchmore, Herts, who again renamed her, this time to Sandpiper 93.

‘Between being built and 1987 she had a wheelhouse fitted making her a trawler yacht. From the many photos and paper work I thought she was a “one off” boat but by chance I saw the last few minutes of a documentary in which a boat that was Sandpiper’s twin escorting three yachts through the Suez Canal. I believe this boat was called either Lady Pamela or Pauline and would love to know if anybody can help me trace Sandpipers ’sister boats’.

Sandpiper is now moored in Alcudia, Mallorca and is being restored her to her former glory. She is glassfibre over wooden ribs and very strong: her hull is in perfect condition. She has a solid teak deck all round. The interior is all hand finished in mahogany, with all doors hand-made and fitted with louvres.


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